Welsh side Newport County marked their return to the Football League after a 25-year exile, with a shock 3-1 extra-time win over Championship side Brighton. 

The Championship side were beaten just three times at their home ground last season, and it was looking like a win would be on the cards once again after a neat goal from striker Ashley Barnes putting Brighton one goal to the good.

It all changed though for Brighton on the 67th minute when Inigo Calderon was sent off after a horrific tackle on Newport captain Byron Anthony who was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle.

Brighton’s night continued to get worse after Newport equalised on 81 minutes after a glancing header from substitute Danny Crow which flew past keeper Casper Ankergren. 

Three minutes into extra time came Newport's second goal. 

Danny Crow scored his second of the night with a spectacular shot which flew into the top left hand corner. 

Brighton’s hopes of going into the second round were hanging by a thread.

No turnaround came for Brighton, just a third goal for Newport, Conor Washington rounded Ankergren to finish off Brighton’s miserable night and top it all off for Newport who go into the hat for the second round draw on Thursday.


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